Shadow Work

 

“Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.”
~Zen Proverb

The Shadow is a concept formulated by the Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung referring to the aspects of ourselves we are not taking ownership of. Perceived weaknesses and primal impulses reside in the shadow and manipulate our lives if left unseen. Shadow work is the intentional process of “making the darkness conscious”, as Jung put it.

Only when we acknowledge and integrate our disowned parts can we become whole, and only as whole individuals can we engage with life wholeheartedly with minimal risk of inflicting pain on ourselves and others. Shadow work is possibly the most philanthropic undertaking we can attempt as humans, and a necessity in the quest to become mature human beings.

In practice: With a steady hand I will guide you through your shadow side and support you in embracing and claiming it as your own. It is not a walk in the park but the reward awaiting you will be worth several times the effort. There is gold hidden in the shadow that will enrich and empower you. Confronting the shadow will help you establish trust in the workings of your inner world, a trust that will further you to move forward in life with focus and confidence.